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Free Explanations to Selected new SAT Questions from Tests #1-8, and PSATs #1 and #2.

Posted by Brian R. McElroy at 2017-05-21 18:20:51


Here is my (slowly) growing list of free visual explanations to selected questions from Tests #1-8 in the Official SAT Study Guide (2018 Edition), as well as PSATs #1 (2015) and #2 (2016).  You can purchase the physical book here.

Test #1

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
#7
#9
#13
#14
#15
#17
#18
#19
#20

Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)
#8
#18
#38

Test #2

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language

#9:

The key here is reading the question carefully.  The examples given at the end of the sentence are "help with electronic government resources related to income taxes, law troubles, and retirement programs," and our goal is to EFFECTIVELY SET UP THOSE EXAMPLES.
A) Decent, but the fact that's it's free does not provide a strong connection to the examples themselves.  In addition, it's redundant because of the next line "they offer free resources...". 
B) Yes, free help with taxes and law troubles becomes more necessary in a bad economy, and hence the ideas are connected. 
C) Has no relation to the examples.
D) Same as C.


#18:

A) Not a complete sentence.
B) Yes.  Despite the fact that there are few furnishings, the furnishings that remain are still true to the period. 
C) Not quite as good because a colon implies an explanation for the previous statement. 
D) "Whereas" is pretty close to working, but if you pay close attention you will see that it does not connect properly to the rest of the passage (it is missing the "their")


#34:

A) a practice is not a place. Thus we should not use a place-related preposition "at" to describe it.
B) same as A.  "From" is a place-related preposition.
C) "A practice so that products are designed" does not make sense. 
D) "whereby" refers to the process of doing something.  A practice is a process, so this is the best choice.

Section 3 - Math No Calculator
#7
#9
#11
#13
#14
#15
#19
#20

Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)
#3
#4
#8
#30
#38

Test #3

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
#7
#9
#11
#12
#13


Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)
#30
#32
#34

Test #4

Answer Sheet
/ Scoring Sheet Essay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
#6
#11
#15
#16

Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)
#13
#15
#22
#26
#34


Test #5

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator

#15 (or an alternate version of #15) using decimals instead of fractions and proportions (5/4 = 1.25)
#18
#19

Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)
#36
#38


Test #6

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
#19

Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)

#31

Test #7

Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations


Test #8


Answer SheetScoring SheetEssay Section (50 min) / Official Answer Explanations

2015 PSAT #1 / Answer SheetScoring SheetAnswer Explanations

Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)


2016 PSAT #2 / Answer SheetScoring Sheet / Answer Explanations


Section 1 - Reading
Section 2 - Writing and Language
Section 3 - Math No Calculator
Section 4 - Math (with Calculator)

#26
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This page is a work in progress, done by one human being a little at a time (in other words, when I'm not busy tutoring my private students).  Any questions, suggestions or comments, please let me know! 

 

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